Having a baby almost two years ago I quickly learned that there are a million baby products out there! Yet, living in an apartment and moving around every few years really puts a limit on what products I choose to use and how long I keep them.
I choose to buy high-quality products and resell many of them so that I don’t have to store them. But the best ones I keep or plan on repurchasing with the birth of my second. Here is my list of the best of the best baby products for babies 1-6 months old.
- Happiest Baby on the Block Book- As a first-time parent I was really unsure how to soothe my baby, what kind of schedule they should be on, and what kinds of sleep schedules and behaviors were normal. This book provides a lot of practical ideas and a guide to sleep-training which was really helpful for me. I loved this book and will keep referring to it with my next baby.
I bought mine used and it was worth every penny I paid and more!
I read it and put post-it notes on pages with practical tips I wanted to remember when my son got to new stages of development. I went back to look things up all the time.
2. Mamaroo 4 Moms– This swing doesn’t require a ton of space compared to several baby swings on the market and mimics the motion of standing and bouncing a baby in your arms. It’s another place to set your baby down when you need to free up your hands and in my opinion, replaces the need for a bouncer. It calms your baby offering modes like a car ride, rock-a-bye, wave, etc. My son loved it and I’m hoping my next baby will too!
I used this multiple times per day until my son began to roll over.
Due to the high price point of this item, I highly recommend buying this swing used on a site like Craig’s List, Offer Up, or from a gently used baby items store. I purchased mine for $80 and plan on reselling it at a similar price point when my baby outgrows it. The basic models with buttons instead of a screen and without blue tooth work well too, they’re just older models.
Caution- the model with just a knob (4moms rockaRoo Baby Swing) only rocks the baby front to back, not up and down and side to side. I have not tried this model, but I feel the magic of this device is in the up and down bouncing motion so I made sure to find a model allowing this motion.
3. Delta Bassinet- While I’m sure many bassinets would be great, this one is simple, fits a Dock-A-Tot, and has wheels that allow it to easily be rolled around. Most of the fabric pieces detach easily making it simple to throw in the washer to clean and sanitize before your baby arrives.
I used it at least two times a day for naps and overnight sleeping.
I purchased it used on Offer Up for $20 but they are inexpensive new on Amazon too.
4. Rock and Play- It was convenient to keep this device in our living room for our son to nap in. It folds easily and is especially helpful for babies who struggle with acid reflux and need to sleep slightly upright. It is not recommended for naps or nighttime sleep, but I do know several people who swear it is the only place their child would sleep well. Sadly due to accidents with this device, they are no longer sold new. We never felt ours was unsafe, but I understand safety concerns were the reason they are no longer sold.
I used mine 2-3 times a day for naps.
We received ours as a gift and plan on continuing to use it, but they are now only sold used.
5. Dock a Tot Deluxe – This baby lounger is easy to transport when you go on vacation or on day trips and want to keep your baby’s sleep space as similar as possible. What sold me on this device was how well my son slept in it and how much it looked like some of the pads the hospital used in the NICU to keep our son comfortable after his birth. I also think it may have helped keep him from getting flat head spots that many infants now struggle with. I would recommend looking for one in a darker color to help you avoid staining and to consider looking for a cover so that you never have to wait on laundry at bedtime if your baby wets through it earlier in the day.
I used mine every night in our bassinet.
I purchased mine used for $70 and know that because the demand for these is high they are easy to turn around and resell when your baby outgrows them. If you are adamant about buying one new, Sierra Trading Post’s Dock-A-Tot is the cheapest I’ve ever seen one new.
An FYI and Caution- The Dock-A-Tot Grand can be used for longer, but in our experience, our baby didn’t need this after he outgrew our Deluxe. As soon as he outgrew the bassinet we moved this lounger to his crib to help him with the transition.
6. Sound Machine– White noise soothes young babies and becomes an easy sleep cue for wherever your baby, whether it be at home or away on a trip. Fans work well too, just aren’t as portable. Aps on phones also work, but then monopolize your cell phone when you may want to be using it.
I used one at least every night and multiple times daily for naps as my son started to bothered by outside noise.
We bought our first on Amazon and really liked its small size, quality white noise, and ease of use. Just make sure to put it in a carry-on if you travel with it so it doesn’t get broken!
7. Love to Dream: Swaddle Up– Stage 1 and Stage 2- Swaddling seemed to comfort our son, but he kept fighting to break his arms free from traditional swaddles. He loved to suck on his hand and this allowed him access to his hands while still enjoying the comfort of being swaddled. The Stage 2 Swaddle, allows you to take the sleeves off of the larger swaddle as your baby starts to turn over.
We used these swaddles at least once a day for nighttime sleep, and sometimes multiple times a day for naps. Having an extra of each swaddle was helpful when our baby wet through the swaddle during sleep.
We received the Stage 1 swaddle as a gift and purchased another and then one Stage 2 swaddle. I have seen some sold used, but not often. We used this enough to justify buying new and plan on buying at least 1 or two more for our next baby.
8. Changing Table
We bought our changing table and a changing pad used for $30. Ours was simple, but fairly compact, which is great because it fit in half of our son’s closet, saving us some space.
I use this at least 5 times a day and am still using it for my 18-month-old son. However, he’ll soon be too tall for our table so if you have room for a longer one or to buy a longer dresser that doubles as your changing table that could be a good future investment.
9. Diaper Pail/Garbage- I currently use a stainless steel garbage can with a foot pedal that opens the lid. It worked great until my son began eating solid food and his diapers really started to stink. Every time we open that lid, a waft of nasty smells almost knocks me over and stinks up my son’s room. I haven’t purchased my dream garbage yet, but from my research, I put an Ubbi Steel diaper pail on my registry, and with the birth of my next baby hope to receive it as a gift and plan on purchasing it if we don’t. It’s spendy, but I think it will be worth the investment. It doesn’t require special garbage bags and people using it seem to really love it.
I use my garbage at least 10 times a day with a newborn and around 5 or 6 times a day now that I have my toddler.
10. Bottle Warmer- I mostly breastfed, but as I pumped, I froze my milk and used hot water to thaw out my milk when I wasn’t present to feed my son. While this worked, I think a warmer would have helped me not have to worry so much about thinking an hour ahead to defrost frozen breast milk. I really only used this a few times before I quit nursing, but it was nice.
I’m excited to try this with formula too, although my son wasn’t picky about having warm bottles, so we just used slightly warm tap water.
I purchased a used Phillips bottle warmer for $10 on Offer Up.
11. Breast pump and Hands-Free Pumping Bra- If you are able or want to breastfeed it’s extremely helpful to be able to pump, not only so that you are able to get away, but also to help increase your milk supply so that you can build up a reserve if you plan on going on vacation or need to get away for an evening or even a few days.
I used mine at least 4 times per day for the first 6 months of my baby’s life and at least a few times a day until my son was 1.
I got mine on a website provided by my insurance, but according to Amazon, this is a model that is FSA or HSA eligible. Note that the bra I referred to above was great for my first baby, but I think I may end up needing a larger one this time around and plan on trying out this Bravado Hands-Free bra. I will let you know how it goes!
12. Baby Mat: It doesn’t need to be fancy or even have lights and sound. Your baby will love reaching up for objects and trying to turn over on these mats.
I used my mat at least a few times a day for a few months.
I bought one used on Offer Up for $5 and have seen them for $10 at gently used baby item stores.
What products were/are your favorites for babies 1-6 months old? With a second baby due in August, I’d love to know what products have made your mamma life easier.